14-year-old Alaina Gassler may be too young to get her driver's license for now but that definitely didn't stop the girl from coming up with a brilliant solution for blind spot issues in cars.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, blind spot causes over 840,000 car accidents each year. Being a driver, one can easily relate to this problem, when you cannot see objects around the corner because a pillar is blocking your way.
14-year-old Alaina Gassler from West Grove, Pennsylvania may not be old enough to get her driver's license yet but she came up with the perfect solution to solve the issue of blind spot in cars.
Alaina’s called her project “Improving Automobile Safety by Removing Blind Spots.” She presented her invention at Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition and people were astounded by her brilliant invention.
The idea behind Alaina's invention is very simple. She has solved the issue of blind spot with the use of a camera and a video projector. Explaining her work, the 14-year old said, “I did that by having a camera behind the a-pillar of a car and the camera sent the video to a projector that projected the image onto the pillar essentially making it invisible and making the driver see behind it.”
For her work, the girl went on to win the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize in honor of overall STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) excellence.